When my parents got married in 1969, their wedding was…simple. The ceremony was in a church and the reception was in the basement. My mom made the cake, her mom made her dress and her friend was the photographer. These days weddings are far from simple. Couples want their wedding day to be a reflection of their relationship, a day full of lasting memories, and a kick ass party for their guests. At these weddings, it’s all in the details.
A relatively new trend in weddings that I love is a dedicated bar menu. Instead of an open bar or cash bar, couples decide what drinks will be served at their reception. It’s a super clever way to infuse more ‘you’ into your special day. It’s also a good way to save money. Going to the store and stocking the bar yourself can leave precious cash for other expenses. Rent some wine glasses and tumblers, hire a couple of cute bartenders and you’re golden.
Creating a bar menu can be as easy as choosing a light and dark beer, a red and a white wine and some non-alcoholic options. There are many ways to go beyond the basics, too. Set up a martini bar, give your guests five Scotch options, make a big batch of Sangria. Or couples can opt to take it up a notch and choose signature cocktails to make their drink menu truly unique. Pick a tried and true recipe or experiment and create your own concoction. I’ve scoured the internet to find the loveliest cocktails that any wedding guest would happily imbibe. Word to the wise: Want your guests to be happy the second they walk into your reception? Have a drink waiting for them. It’s all in the details…
-Amy Kruse, Contributing Writer